It’s one of my favorite days of the year: the ninth annual Summer Reading Guide is here! If you subscribe to our emails, it should already be in your inbox. (If you subscribe and don’t have it, don’t miss the “notes for subscribers” below.)
I’m as excited as ever for this year’s guide, but I can’t deny it—this year feels different. Instead of packing up crates full of books to take on our annual family beach vacation, I’m stacking my highly anticipated reads near the front porch, where I anticipate spending many warm summer nights. It hurts to cancel plans, but I’m looking for silver linings in my favorite place: the publishing calendar.
Here at Modern Mrs. Darcy, we’re all in favor of some literary escapism, because reading on the front porch with a cold glass of iced tea is one thing that is NOT cancelled this year. This summer is shaping up to be one of the best publishing seasons I can remember. We might not be able to read on a sandy beach, but there are hundreds of great books to transport us to a different time and place.
We always say that summer’s too short to read books you don’t enjoy, and this year it feels especially important to enjoy our reading lives to the fullest. We’ve created our best summer reading guide yet to help you discover the books that are perfect for you—whether you love getting lost in historical fiction, need a thrilling page-turner to keep your attention, or crave a beachy, frothy read for complete escape.
Once again, I’ve read literally hundreds of new releases to prepare this year’s guide, and compiled my 30 (or 42, more in a sec) favorite summer titles in one compact, user-friendly guide. Every book here has earned its spot, and I’ve personally read them all, front to back. I can vouch for them, and answer any questions you have. In every description, I give you the information you need to help you decide if that book sounds like a good fit for you.
Plus, for the first time ever, we’re also releasing an expanded guide for Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club members and What Should I Read Next Patreon supporters! The expanded Summer Reading Guide includes an extra dozen summer reading titles, behind-the-scenes peeks at the making of the guide, backlist book recommendations, and more.
We’re releasing this bonus content as a thank you to our community members—and besides, there are just SO many amazing books coming out this summer, and this way I get to include a few more of my favorites. I hope you enjoy the expanded edition as much as I enjoyed creating it.
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If you would like the expanded edition of the Summer Reading Guide, sign up for the MMD Book Club or WSIRN Patreon to get immediate access to that edition (available on the Book Club dashboard and as a recent post in Patreon). Stick around in Book Club for exciting bookish events all summer long, and stay tuned in Patreon for bonus episodes on all things summer reading.
Readers, I hope you find a book (or twelve, or thirty!) you LOVE on this list.
If you find something great in the Summer Reading Guide, would you spread the book love? Share on your favorite social media platform or with your favorite bookish friends. Our official hashtags are #modernmrsdarcy and #mmdsummerreading. (Follow me on Instagram at @annebogel and the podcast at @whatshouldireadnext for summer reading goodness all season long.)
Happy summer, and happy reading!